They say confidence is key, but for some it’s easier to come by than for others. While many people may strive for physical fitness or mastery of a foreign language, there are some aspects about ourselves that will always be a source of insecurity. For a lot of adults, a less than perfect smile may cause them strife and emotional turmoil as they deal with mental side effects of a lack of happiness with their teeth. Fortunately for us, modern science and dentistry have come up with ways to adjust our smiles to be more in line with what we’ve always longed for. Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of changing or altering the physical appearance of one’s teeth to give a more uniform or brighter, white appearance, and there are many ways to go about it.
Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin, and they are used to dramatically alter the appearance of one’s smile. Each veneer is custom made and fixed in place over your natural teeth to provide you with a completely renewed smile. While rather costly, veneers last for many years and the porcelain variety are almost entirely stain resistant.
Composite bonding utilizes material that looks similar to a tooth’s natural appearance to fix small chips, cracks, decay, or discoloration. After smoothing out your natural tooth or removing any decay, your dentist will apply a composite and reshape the tooth to match the original or desired appearance of your tooth. Bonding is a great solution for people with minor imperfections in the teeth and it is relatively low cost.
For those of us who are content with the shape and alignment of our teeth, sometimes a simple whitening treatment is all that’s needed to enhance our confidence. Whitening treatments vary from store bought strips and pastes to more in-depth treatments in your dentist’s chair. Having a professional whitening can brighten your smile by up to ten shades in one hour!
When a tooth is missing, damaged, or severely decayed, a dental implant can be used to replace it. Implants involve a titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw and, once healed, is covered with a customized dental crown. Over time, the surrounding bone and skin tissue will fuse to the implant, securing it in the jaw permanently.
Inlays and Onlays
Similar to having a cavity filled, inlays and onlays will replace part of a tooth that has been lost to decay. Inlays and onlays are used when the decay is so severe that a simple filling can no longer do the job of fixing the issue. Made in a laboratory, inlays and onlays are cemented into place by your dentist and will provide a more stable surface to your teeth that lessens the chance of further decay.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, it’s never too late to make a change. Talking with your dentist about your cosmetic options is the first step to achieving the smile of your dreams!
To schedule a consultation and inquire about what can be done to enhance the appearance of your grin, give us a call at Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics in Mt. Olive today!